Take Every Precautionary Step to Help Protect Your Future
Charges of prostitution are very serious and can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances. You could face significant jail time and fines in addition to having a criminal record. You need an aggressive Kitsap County criminal defense lawyer to argue on your behalf and keep your record clean. Make sure you call our firm as soon as you are charged!
Washington is forceful in punishing those convicted of prostitution. However, the state laws do create a challenge for the prosecution as well. They must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you have taken part in acts of prostitution. Washington law defines this as engaging, agreeing, or offering to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for some exchange or fee.
Penalties for prostitution crimes can include the following:
- Up to 180 days in jail and $500 in fines for a misdemeanor
- 10 years in jail and $20,000 in fines for coercing an individual into prostitution
- 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines for pimping
- 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines for prostitution in restricted areas (near schools, playgrounds, etc.)
Further, any building used by prostitutes can be deemed a public nuisance and the property owner can be charged with conducting or maintaining a public nuisance. This carries a penalty of $500 for a first offense, closure of the premises from 5 to 35 days per conviction, or up to 180 days in jail.
Let Us Fight Your Charges
Many times when a person is charged with prostitution or patronizing a prostitute, it is a simple mistake. It is often the case that there is insufficient evidence to prove a person participated in prostitution. If there was not a definite agreement between the parties, a defense lawyer can come in and fight to get the charges dropped.
The Kitsap County criminal defense attorneys at Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. can handle your case with empathy and tenacity. As former prosecutors, we understand how to go about avoiding a criminal conviction and preserving your freedom.
Call our office today and take advantage of our free consultations!
The attorneys at Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. have a thorough understanding of the legal proceedings and criminal statutes. We are able to give our clients the resources, advocacy and legal advice they need to be successful inside and outside the courtroom. Our legal team will stand by your side every step of the way and always keep you updated on the status of your case. We handle criminal cases throughout Washington state. Let us build a case strategy for you or your loved one, we may be able to take action before charges are even filed.
Over 30 Years’ of Combined Legal Experience
Former Prosecution Experience*
Thousands of Criminal Cases Handled
Over 1,000 DUI Cases Handled
Hundreds of Cases Tried to Verdict or Judgment
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